|Hello again artists,
animators, wafflers and howlers. Here are
today's key topics:
Howler of the Moment, cont'd
- A third
look into the future: Project
Broomhead aka v8
Free Upgrade to v8 if you paid full price
for v7.2 on or after Mother's Day
of the Moment, cont'd
More water color
paintings added: leaftracker's art:
First sign of
third look into the future:
Project Broomhead aka v8
another look at what's coming this summer:
somewhat updated look at what's brewing in the
Dogwaffle kitchen. Broomhead now looks like it
might be the first release of the v8 series....
The future will tell.
A message from Dan Ritchie, creator of
of this writing (mid May), we're currently in the
middle of development of the next version of PD
Howler, codenamed Broomhead. It's too soon to give
a release date at this time, but we're tentatively
aiming for mid summer.
in version 5, we started a concerted effort to
modernize and revamp the program with new
techniques, technologies and algorithms. Here we
are almost to version 8, and we're hoping to hit a
plateau of sorts with what we can do with existing
technologies (we hope we even changed the world a
little -- even if nobody noticed -- as the word
“realtime” catches on :) We're also laying the
groundwork for the new, with GPU support expected
sometime in the v8 life cycle (though it likely
won't be quite ready up front in the first v8.0).
the version 7 life cycle, we introduced a lot of
pet features we've been wanting to do for years
that would benefit the special effects crowd, i.e.
visual FX artists, 3D animators and video types.
(We still have a little of that flowing through
our veins, you know.) But we recognize that
it's is a little esoteric for most people. So we
also package a version named the Artist edition,
without too much of the animation stuff.
in version 8, we're coming full circle and getting
back to basics: let's paint! We're updating our
brush system with more speed and new features.
There will be more on this later, but for now, we
can talk about a few things.
image below was done by one of our beta testers,
leaftracker, shortly before 7.2 was out and we
started work on Broomhead. Does the word
'Inspiration" come to mind? You bet!
If you think this is already awesome, just you
wait till you see what's coming soon with the
additional effect controls for even more realistic
watercolor, gouache and such.
“Post FX” tab is just called the “FX” now. That's
because it's now realtime, no longer a
post-operation the way it was before. There are
also a lot of new possibilities, and a much more
comprehensive set of watercolor tools including
wet "edges" and "lifting".
are also a couple of new timeline features coming.
One of them is the ability to fly through a Z-axis
version of your painting using the 3d designer.
No, we're not going to take over for the big guns
anytime soon, but you can do some fun stuff with
height maps, everything from terrain to 3d logos
disappearing into space - in just a few clicks and
just about all I can say for now. Just know that
our focus this time is on improving some of our
fundamental features to make the program more user
friendly and fun than ever before.
for waffling and howling!
-Dan Ritchie &
Mother's Day Special:
Announcing Free Upgrade to v8 if you
paid full price for v7.2 on or after
May 13 2012
We are still
2-3 months away from releasing version 8.
Nevertheless, if you purchase PD Pro 7.2 now
from us directly or from the DAZ3D store and pay
full(!) price (not a discounted upgrade nor a
Fastgrab promo price), you will receive a free
upgrade to version 8 when it is released.
For those who already have v7.2, a discounted
upgrade price will be announced in a few weeks.
We haven't finalized pricing yet.
If you ordered
your Project Dogwaffle through Daz, you might
qualify for a free update, depending on which
version you bought. For example, if you ordered
PD Artist 6 there you can get a free upgrade to
v7. Be sure to contact us and ask.
See here for more details:
There's been an
update at Cool Creative Bundle (CCB) -
Archipelis has released version 3 of its core
product, and the same version (instead of v2) is
now included in the Cool Creative Bundle
you didn't know, the CCB includes PD Pro 4 and it
is fully upgradable with discount coupon too.
Waffling and Howling!